Chris Kramer -- 1982
The Burlington Record, Burlington, Colorado
Thursday, Feb. 4, 1982
Christian Jacob Kramer, son of Frank
Kramer and his wife Fredericka (nee Adolf) was born at the family home
north of Bethune (Colorado) on Jan. 4, 1899. He was baptized in the
Christian faith on Jan. 6, 1899, and was confirmed in Immanuel Lutheran
Church on March 16, 1913.
Chris grew up and lived in the Settlement
community all his life, and his chief vocation was farming. He was
active in many community affairs and served on the school board, the Co-op
board, 4-H and the Farm Bureau. He was a life long member of Immanuel
Lutheran Church, and was an officer on the church council, and actively
involved in many areas of the life and mission of the congregation up to
the time of his death.
On Oct. 25, 1925, he was united in marriage
with Mary Stahlecker. To their union, three children ; were born:
Lorena (Mrs. Alvin Buchholz) of Grand Junction, Max of Bethune, and
Edward of Colorado Springs. Chris and Mary made their home on a farm
north of Bethune, until 1958 when they purchased a home in Burlington.
Chris continued to work with the farming operation for a number of years,
and was also active in Senior Citizen projects in Burlington up to this
very year. Chris was named "Senior Citizen of the Month" for January
He was preceded in death by his parents,
one brother, three sisters, two half-brothers and four half-sisters.
Chris leaves to mourn his passing, his
wife; two sons; one daughter; one son-in-law, two daughters-in-law (Mildred
and Lucille Kramer); 13 grandchildren and five spousal grandchildren.
They include Brad Buchholz and his wife Melanie; Doyle Buchholz and his
wife Karen; and Ron and Greg Buchholz, all of Grand Junction. Also
Sherry Friesth and her husband Larry of Colorado Springs; Steven Kramer
and his wife Christine of Burlington; and Stanley and Nathan Kramer of
Bethune. Also Linda Flim and her husband Steven of Colorado Springs,
and Debra Douglas and Robert Kramer of Colorado Springs. Also Donna
Dugger of Oklahoma City, Okla. Also three great-grandchildren, Byron
Kramer of Burlington, and Holly and Christopher Dugger of Oklahoma City.
Also a goodly number of cousins, nieces and nephews.
One brother, William Kramer of Bethune,
and one sister, Pauline Kloeckner of Burlington, remain to mourn his passing.
Chris enjoyed his retirement years.
He was never idle, loved to work in his garden, and keep up his home, and
spent much of the time of his retirement years in projects involving his
church, including the upkeep of Immanuel Cemetery. He enjoyed and
appreciated his family and many friends and was greatly loved by all who
Chris was blessed with good health most
of his life, but in recent years had been hospitalized at various times.
He became very sick in December and was hospitalized in St. Francis Hospital
in Colorado Springs where he spent Christmas and also celebrated his 83rd
birthday there. He endured three sessions of surgery, but was unable
to recover from his last operation. He passed quietly from this life
in the early morning hours of Jan. 24, 1982, at the age of 83 years, 20
Funeral services were held on Wednesday,
Jan. 27, at 1:30 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in the Settlement, with
Pastor Howard Jacobson officiating. Lois Jacobson was the organist,
and the congregation sang three hymns which were Chris' favorites: "Lord
Take My Hand," "Jesus Still Lead On," and "Let Me Go." Jean Weisshaar accompanied
the men's choir which sang "Going Down the Valley" and "Alone with God".
Chris' grandsons were honored to serve
as casket bearers. The honorary pallbearers were Cecil Crist, Floyd
Carter, Harvey Lambert, Orvel Aeschlimann, John Bryner, Albert Strobel,
Jake Weisshaar, George Wiedman and Ernest McArthur.
After a brief graveside committal service
the burial took place in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery.